WHO ARE THE AHMADIYYA?
“The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam (Urdu Jamāʿat-i Aḥmadiyya) is a modern messianic movement. It was founded in 1889 in the Indian province of the Punjab by Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad (1835-1908) and has become exceedingly controversial within contemporary Muslim circles. Claiming for its founder messianic and prophetic status of a certain kind, the Ahmadī Movement aroused fierce opposition from the Muslim mainstream and was accused of rejecting the dogma that Muhammad was the last prophet. Under British rule, the controversy was merely a doctrinal dispute between individuals or voluntary organizations, but when the movement’s headquarters and many Ahmadīs moved in 1947 to the professedly Islamic state of Pakistan, the issue was transformed into a major constitutional problem and the Muslim mainstream demanded the formal exclusion of the Ahmadīs from the Muslim fold. This was attained in 1974, when the Pakistani parliament adopted a constitutional amendment declaring the Ahmadīs to be non-Muslims” (Yohanan Friedmann, “Ahmadiyya.” Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān. General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe [Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005], CD-ROM version).
Ahmadiyya Muslims believe Jesus swooned on the cross and was resuscitated – not resurrected – in the tomb.
Ahmadiya Muslims believe Jesus was crucified (Qur’an 4:157) but did not die on the cross.
They base their belief on Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s interpretation of Qur’an 3:55-56, “I shall cause thee to die a natural death, and shall exalt thee to Myself, and shall clear thee from the calumnies of those who disbelieve, and shall place those who follow thee above those who disbelieve, until the Day of Judgment; then to Me shall be your return and I will judge between you concerning that wherein you differ.”
The Ahmadiya teach Jesus was resuscitated in the tomb and went to India to search for the lost tribes of Israel. There he adopted the name Yuz Asaf, married Mary, and had children. He then died at the age of 120 and was buried in the district of Srinagar.
One of the things I stress when talking with the Ahmadiyya is that the beliefs of Christianity are rooted in history and their views are not,
Give up history, and you can retain some things. You can retain a belief in God. But philosophical theism has never been a powerful force in the world. You can retain a lofty ethical ideal. But be perfectly clear about one point-you can never retain a gospel. For gospel means “good news,” tidings, information about something that has happened. In other words, it means history. A gospel independent of history is simply a contradiction in terms. 1J. Gresham Machen, “History and Faith,” The Princeton Theological Review, 13.3 (July 1915), 337-338.
The Ahmadiyya make the historical claim that Jesus is buried in India, and they know where His tomb is. The rest of Islam has an empty grave for Jesus next to Muhammad’s occupied grave in Medina.
You may also be interested in the testimony of Nabeel Qureshi who was formerly a devout Ahmadiyya Muslim.
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|1.||↥||J. Gresham Machen, “History and Faith,” The Princeton Theological Review, 13.3 (July 1915), 337-338.|